The Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board consists of six members, appointed on a skills basis. The role of the Board is to manage the operational and business aspects of Mount Hotham.
The inaugural Board officially took over control of the resort as of April 30, 1998. Prior to this all Alpine Resorts were managed collectively under the jurisdiction of The Alpine Resorts Commission.
Board members have a term of up to 3 years and in June 2013, five Board positions were reappointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
Deborah Spring (Chairperson)
Deb has had broad experience as a senior executive in the private, public and semi-government sectors across a diverse range of industries. These include energy, manufacturing, recycling, petro-chemicals, rail, technology, transport and logistics. Her board positions include Special Olympics, the Banksia Environmental Foundation, University of Ballarat and Ambulance Victoria. Deb has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Deb is also a licensed professional engineer and a Graduate Member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors. She has been skiing at Hotham for over 20 years and has watched her three daughters advance from Mighty Mites to Mary's Slide.
Ronald Mason (Deputy Chair)
Ron is an experienced Urban and Environmental planner having practiced for nearly 40 years in Government and private organisations in Victoria including the past 18 years as a planning consultant. Ron was the principal planner at Aurecon (Melbourne), leading one of the largest planning teams in Victoria until he retired in December 2009. Since leaving Aurecon he has continued as a planning consultant in his own planning practice. As a planner, Ron has been involved in major tourist, environmental and strategic planning projects throughout Victoria and Tasmania. Ron has also been a member of several Government Boards and Committees during his career in planning. He has been skiing at Mt Hotham for the past 30 years and is a Committee Member of Asgaard Alpine Club. Ron is also Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and Chairman of the Mount Hotham Master Plan Working Group.
Nicole has been a member of the Board since 2007 and was Chairman from 2010 to 2013. Between 2010 and 2013 she was also a member of the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council. Nicole is a commercial disputes and construction lawyer at Lander & Rogers; is the immediate past Chair of the Litigation Lawyers Section of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and represents the LIV on the Supreme Court Rules Committee & the County Court Building Cases Users Group. Her board experience includes having been a director of UFS Dispensaries Ltd for 6 years, a not for profit company which owns and operates a number of pharmacies and associated businesses in and around Ballarat in Western Victoria and she is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company of Directors. In 2001 Nicole was introduced to skiing and Mt Hotham. She loved the experience so much she became a member of the lodge Anton Huette in 2005 and later purchased an apartment at Hotham.
Tim is the Victorian Director of the Australian Industry Group which is one of the most influential industry associations in the country. He is a lawyer and former journalist and holds a Master of Business Administration. Tim is also Chairman of the Industry Capability Network and the Manufacturing Skills and Training Taskforce. He also sits on the Microsurgery Foundation Board and the Environment Minister’s Climate Adaptation Advisory Council.
Helen has been associated with Mt Hotham since 1985 and currently is the Head of Victoria - Midway Attractions at Merlin Entertainments Group. Helen has been involved in General Management of resort operations and played a key role in development projects undertaken by Australian Alpine Enterprises Pty Ltd at the resort since 1995 providing invaluable experience in the areas of planning, administration and management. She brings a high level of marketing, organisational and communication skills and experience in resort management and development of business initiatives to the Board.
Peter is a partner at Digital Frontier Partners, a specialist advice firm which helps clients to understand the capabilities, resources and organisational structure needed to deliver their products and services in the digital economy. He has over 25 years of experience in the Banking and Finance Sector, including more than ten years building and managing digital distribution channels supporting ANZ's Global Markets businesses. He has extensive experience in strategy development, programme management, project governance and sales management. Peter is a member of Asgaard Ski Club. He and his family have been skiing at Hotham for the past 6 years.
David has been skiing Hotham for over 25 years, and the first time his children tasted snow was on the skier's mountain. Currently serving as the Commercial Director of GreenSync and as a lecturer in post-graduate entrepreneurial studies at Swinburne University, David holds an MBA from London Business School and a bachelor of commerce from Melbourne. He has a diverse career which includes investment banking, assistant cameraman for National Geographic in the Arctic, innovation manager and entrepreneur. When not skiing, David enjoys rock climbing, diving, farming and flying.
The functions of the Board, in respect of the alpine resort for which the Board is established under the Alpine Resort (Management) Act 1997 Section 38; are:
- To act as a Committee of Management of any Crown land deemed to be permanently reserved under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 in the resort.
- Contribute, together with Tourism Victoria ... and the Council, to the overall promotion of alpine resorts.
- To develop a tourism and marketing strategy for, and to promote the resort and to collect and expend voluntary contributions from commercial undertakings in the resort for this purpose.
- To provide services.
- To provide transport services in the resort.
- To collect fees prescribed by the regulations for the resort.
- To attract investment for the improvement for the resort in respect of which the board is established.
- To carry out any other function conferred on the Board by or under this or any other Act.
Audit Sub Committee (which consists of the following board members):
Ron Mason (Chair), Helen Moran & Peter Hagenauer.
Remuneration Sub Committee (which consists of the following board members):
Tim Piper (Chair), Deborah Spring & Nicole Feeney.
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